PORT DOVER, Ont. – January 3, 2019 – Businesses and community leaders attending the annual Norfolk County Economic Development Symposium #NCSym19 on Thursday, February 7, 2019, can expect to learn, meet new contacts, and get motivated to aim for success.

The Symposium is now in its thirteenth year. The day starts at 7:30am in the Port Dover Community Centre with the “Morning Mingle” – a fun way to meet others in the business community. General registration opens at 8:30 a.m. and the Symposium program gets underway at 9:00 a.m.

This year’s theme is ‘Norfolk: No Boundaries’, and keynote speaker Brian Williams will set the tone. He is a fourth-degree black belt in martial arts and self-described ‘Kindness Ninja’. His infectious energy and positivity feeds his passion for resilience, respect and good deeds – all of which are key to collaboration for success.

Local speakers focusing on entrepreneurship include:

  • Christine Dainard of Buzz Tours
  • Mike Fredericks of Annex Business Media
  • Michelle Kloepfer of Titan Trailers
  • Nick Kokkoros of Barrel Pizza

A special ‘Made in Norfolk Showcase’ will display products manufactured or processed in Norfolk County.

Norfolk County will announce the Entrepreneur of the Year and the Travel Writer Award. Venture Norfolk will present the award for Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

Lunch will feature Norfolk County restaurants and chefs. There will also be tastings of Norfolk County wine and beer.

Cost is $60 plus HST per person. For information, visit norfolktourism.ca/symposium.

Sponsors of the Symposium include Norfolk County Tourism & Economic Development, Millards, Venture Norfolk, Libro Credit Union, MyFM, Simcoe Reformer, TD, Davids Restaurant, Fanshawe College Community Career and Employment Services, First Ontario Credit Union, Mechanical Contractors Association Hamilton Niagara, Ontario’s South Coast Wineries & Growers Association, Vallee Consulting Engineers, Architects & Planners, and Westwood Trails.

Symposium 2019 Sponsor collage